At What Age Should I Start Getting BOTOX®?

Written on June 1, 2016 at 4:29 pm

BOTOX® has debatably become a household name since it first took the world by storm with FDA approval in 2002. The miracle injection is incredibly popular for its ability to smooth wrinkles that give an aged appearance and leave everyone guessing as to your real age. Upon its introduction to the market, BOTOX® was popular among older people wanting to combat the already apparent signs of aging. However, men and women alike are beginning to explore the benefits of this anti-aging treatment. So, what’s the best age to begin using BOTOX®?

Understanding What BOTOX® Does

Understanding how BOTOX® works can be important to help you determine when it’s the right time to start using it. All facial expressions are created by muscle contractions in the face, and over time they create wrinkles on the skin that can remain even when the muscles are relaxed. When BOTOX® is injected into the facial muscles, it temporarily paralyzes those muscles, therefore preventing the subsequent creasing of the skin.

The result? BOTOX® prevents the lines and wrinkles from getting deeper, reduces the appearance of wrinkles that had already formed and leaves behind smoother, younger-looking skin.

The Real Debate: Preventative or Corrective?

Over the years, there has been debate about whether BOTOX® should be seen as a preventative or corrective treatment. The real answer is it can be both. Many people in their 20s and 30s use BOTOX® under the premise that it’s better to prevent wrinkles from forming than to try and treat them once they’re already there, while others find BOTOX® beneficial in smoothing existing signs of aging.